A Navy lawyer looks to a cartoon by the late Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeft MacNelly to help demystify how operators should interpret the rules of engagement.
What's wrong with this picture? While always good for a few laughs from wardroom or ready room, this editorial cartoon encapsulates the prevailing state of operator misunderstanding, confusion, and frustration over the application of fundamental rules of engagement (ROE) concepts. Most ROE trainers—operator and lawyer alike—miss the point entirely. Instead of being helpful to them, it likely has the opposite, albeit unintended, effect. Properly understood and applied, the cartoon has enormous potential as an ROE training aid.
The Rules of Engagement